Jun 29, 2012 1:07 PM

Arson suspected in LDS church fire in Tolleson

TOLLESON, Ariz. (AP) - Firefighters who put out a blaze in a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints building in Tolleson say they suspect it was caused by arson.

The Arizona Republic ( says firefighters responded to the church near 95th Avenue and Pierce Street around 2:15 a.m. Friday after a neighbor reported seeing smoke coming from some vents.

Fire Chief George Good says crews were getting the fire under control when a spark in the attic reignited it.

They were able to contain the fire at 6:30 a.m. They say half of the church's structure was destroyed.

Fire investigators say the fire appears suspicious but are continuing to investigate.

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